The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) Awards were held this past weekend and as expected, Lee Daniels' Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, absolutely cleaned up. Gabourey Sidibe picked up her first major acting award this season as the film's lead actress, while supporting actress Mo'Nique, director Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher also won awards in their respective categories. Mariah Carey, who turned in a career-best performance here, unfortunately was not in attendance. Mo'Nique is expected to win her first Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actress this Sunday. And rightfully so.
Although I fully support the NAACP in its beliefs and initiatives, I still feel that more can be done to represent a wider spectrum of minority talent. Combing through the list of award winners, it is clear that the association's perception of "minority advancement" doesn't extend far outside the realms of white and black perhaps.
In case you missed its theatrical run, Precious will be released on DVD on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. (Photo credit: Associated Press)